Emilio, Emilio

A Funny Fishing Poem for Kids

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From the book My Cat Knows Karate

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Emilio, Emilio,
was never one to stealio,
but had no meat
or bread to eat.
Not even an apple peelio.

Emilio, Emilio,
he got his rod and reelio,
to catch some fish
to fill his dish,
but all he caught were eelio.

Emilio, Emilio,
did not like eating eelio.
He sold them to
a merchant who
gave him an awesome dealio.

Emilio, Emilio,
at last I can revealio,
bought lots of meat
and bread to eat,
and a fancy new automobilio.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 3

Poetic Techniques: Narrative Poems, Repetition, Rhyme Schemes

 


About This Poem

I've been a fan of the poetry of Laura E. Richards -- who wrote children's poems from 1898-1939 -- ever since I first came across her classic poem 'Eletelephony' Another of her most well-known works is the poem 'Antonio,' about a young man who falls in love with 'Miss Lissamy Lucy Molonio' only to have his affections rejected. In fact, I'm pretty sure this poem was the inspiration for Shel Silverstein's poem 'Pinocchio,' from his book Falling Up.

I like the rhythm and the rhyme scheme of 'Antonio' so much that I've thought for a long time that I should try to write a poem in this style. 'Emilio, Emilio' is the result. I hope you like it even half as much as I like Laura E. Richards' poem.


From the Book My Cat Knows Karate


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